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All about ‘Medicare for All’ and Can it Provide Universal Access to Health Care!
Donald E. Moore, MD, is a primary care physician and is on the Board of Directors of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Care Plan
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, President of the NYS Nurses Association
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, is a primary care physician, professor of public health and health policy at Hunter College, and clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Secretary of the Physicians for a National Health Care Plan
Today, more than 30 million Americans still don’t have health insurance and even more are underinsured. Even for those with insurance, costs are so high that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States. Incredibly, we spend significantly far more of our national GDP on this inadequate health care system per person than any other major country. And despite doing so, Americans have worse health outcomes and a higher infant mortality rate than countries that spend much less on health care.
Because “Medicare for All” or what has also been referred to as single-payer system is so much in the news, we’re bringing you a live explainer with our experts.
They’ll discuss the current Medicare program. And what about coverage for long-term care expenses and coverage of hearing, dental, vision or foot care? And what’s wrong with expanding ObamaCare – wouldn’t that be easier than passing Medicare-for-All?
.We’ll clear up the often-confusing Medicare for All debate, including its history, prospects and terminology. Medicare for All is a rallying cry for progressives, but even when the Democratic presidential candidates claim to support it there are shades of difference such as the role of Medicare Advantage programs, and the nuances matter – our experts will help unravel the differences.
Some use the term Medicare for All to mean a much less drastic change to the U.S. health care system, such as a “public option” that would offer specific groups of people — perhaps those over age 50 or consumers purchasing coverage on the insurance marketplaces — the opportunity to buy into Medicare coverage
What about the plan offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in which the government would be in charge of paying for all health care — although doctors, hospitals and other health care providers would remain private. And what would happen to union negotiated health care plans?
So, is eliminating private insurance with a move to Medicare for All the answer? How can be build a Medicare for All Plan? Is a Medicare for All Plan the solution for universal health care?
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